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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2016

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

NPTC Honors 59 Certified Transportation Professionals® (CTP)

ARLINGTON, VA – Fifty-nine transportation professionals achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Transportation Professional® (CTP) by the NPTC Institute, the educational and professional certification arm of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). The graduates were honored during a ceremony at the Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held April 24-26, 2016 in Cincinnati.

Since the CTP designation was first introduced in 1993, nearly 1,550 fleet and transportation professionals have earned the right to add CTP after their name. CTPs are raising industry standards, and in turn, increasing the respect and prestige of the fleet and transportation profession.

“These new Certified Transportation Professionals, have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to understand complex operational and regulatory issues, identify and evaluate potential costs and savings, and develop systems and practices that best meet their company’s transportation needs and objectives,” said Mari Roberts, CTP, Chair of the NPTC Institute Board of Governors that oversees the program and Director, LD&T Dallas Metroplex, Frito-Lay, Inc.

“The CTP designation is a benchmark of excellence earned by a special few, but available to any fleet or transportation specialist will to make the necessary commitment of dedicated effort.”

Each year, Fleet Owner magazine sponsors the CTP Top Graduate Award. This year’s Top Graduate was presented to Joe Sponseller, CTP, Data Analyst with Dean Foods.

In addition to Sponseller, the following individuals represent the CTP Class of 2016:

David Bement, Idealease

Abhishek N. Bharadwaj, Alcoa Wheel Products

Les Chimko, VitalAire Canada

Todd J. Comer, Perdue Farms

Joseph B. Cosenza, Jr., CPC Logistics

Michael Allan Crawford, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

 Mark Cunningham, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Thomas Detweiler, Pepsi Beverages Company

Joseph M. Dilley, Sr., Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

Conrad B. Eastin, II, Castellini Group of Companies

Gino Fontana, Transervice Logistics

David Fortener, Papa John’s International, Inc.

Jarrid Frye, SmartDrive Systems, Inc.

Tim Giddens, PeopleNet

Lavonne Anne Gillies, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

Robert Goldstein, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

Debra Gonneville, Shaw Industries

Sara Hahn, PeopleNet

Kirby Hargis, LSP Transport, LLC

Christopher S. Hepler, Element Fleet Management

Ronald Hoffman, Kellogg Company

Justin D. Honeycutt, Penske Truck Leasing

Penelope Hoover, Maines Paper & Foods Service, Inc.

Carrie Johnson, Perdue Farms

Laura Johnson, NIC Federal

Ronny Jones, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Steven D. Kalnitzky, TMW Systems, Inc.

Stephen Katona, Fleet Advantage

Troy M. Kays, Sr., Papa John’s International, Inc.

Allister Kendall, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

Darren King, Lytx, Inc.

Kevin Kure, Idealease, Inc.

Charles Raymond Larkin, III, Lytx, Inc.

Steven J. Lawrence, Meritor WABCO

Christy Lemoine, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

Sean Mack, CVS Health

Amy Mason, The Mennel Milling Company

Peter Mastrodomenico, Cumberland Farms

Jeff Mills, Fleet Advantage

Jeff Neil, Penske Truck Leasing

Kelly Newsome, Hill-Rom Company, Inc.

Peter E. Norem, Penske Truck Leasing

David M. Nye, Pepsi Beverages Company

Jeffrey Packett, Hittman Transport Services

Michelle B. Reynolds, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

Nathan W. Rhoads, Pepsi Beverages Company

Jim Rice, Lytx, Inc.

Amanda Romanowsky, NEP Broadcasting

Andrei Sakalouski, PeopleNet

Jessica Savage, Mack Trucks

Joe Sponseller, Dean Foods

Josh Taylor, Sherwin-Williams Company

Lauren E. Underwood, Oldcastle/Allied Building Products

John C. Van Geest, John Deere Canada, ULC

Kenneth R. White, Perdue Farms

Chris Whitehurst, Walgreen Oshkosh

Jerry A. Widner, Jr., HSM Solutions

Michael T. Williams, AmeriQuest Transportation Service 

Rodney Wilson, Walgreen Oshkosh

 The CTP 2016 Graduating Class

 The CTP 2016 Graduating Class

Joe Sponseller, CTP

2016 CTP Top Graduate Joe Sponseller, CTP
Data Analyst, Dean Foods

About NPTC
Founded in 1939, the National Private Truck Council is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of the private truck industry and corporate/business private truck fleet management. With an actively engaged leadership team of Board representatives, member volunteers and staff, NPTC in the past decade has grown significantly to serve a rising professional class of private fleet practitioners meeting the challenges of modern corporate transportation. NPTC is the leading learning resource center, government affairs advocate, and business networking culture for America’s top private fleet and supplier member companies.  The Council produces benchmarking, best practices, and economic data reports on the private fleet market; administers the highly regarded Certified Transportation Professional (CTP) training program, and conducts some of the most successful events in the trucking industry including the Annual Conference and Trade Show, the Private Fleet Management Institute, and the National Safety Conference. For more information about the Council’s activities and programs, visit our website at

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